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CONTEMPLATIVE INQUIRY IN ACTION

Thought I’d this here.

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For me, active spirituality is based on inquiry rather than faith. Formal inquiry moves in cycles, and in my experience each cycle has a number of phases:

  • Intuitive musing, gradually distilling into a sense of direction
  • Crystalizing intent, and refining it with the work of preparation
  • Actualizing the intent
  • Relaxing after the intent is achieved
  • Reflection/review on the process and harvesting its fruit
  • Wondering whether the inquiry needs another cycle, which may move me on to more intuitive musing …

I’ve just had a period of down time from intensive practice. For a few weeks I let it go, my attention elsewhere. I’m just beginning to pick the work up again, at a reduced level of intensity. My sense of things after the break is not quite the same as my sense of things before, even though there is a great deal of continuity. Now as I return to the…

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